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Poster: ksantilli Date: Nov 16, 2006 7:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

Easy one for me, my first show-Sept. 81 Cap Centre, hooked me but when I saw a Dark Star-Hampton 89- my life changed. These shows may not be the calibur of '77 shows... BUT I WAS THERE!!!!!!!!

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 16, 2006 10:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

Nice thread! I know the feeling , so:

August, 1985, Manor Downs, Texas. Dancing under a star-lit sky in the Texas heat, having just "kindly" primed for the start of the 2nd set,
the boys open with Terrapin, and a feeling of warmth (internal, not from
thesultry TX weather) spread throughout my body and mind--and if I concentrate real hard I swear I can recall twinges of it to this day),
andas the song blossomed towards the powerful coda, and Jerry opened up onthe jam, I found myself literally leaping into the air and dancing w/far
more abandon that i normally did (it helped that I was w/friends towardsthe rear of the field where there was lots of space but still greatsound), and i just could not stop grinning from ear to ear....it was
oneof those quintessential show moments, when you are completely and whollyIN the moment, and nothing seems to exist outside of that gorgeous music that lifts the soul to dizzying heights.

There were many similar instances over the years (I will never forget
myfirst show 1-11-79 at Nassau; I had only heard jack Straw from europe '72,which was fine, but when they opened up the jam during that show, I felt
scared and thrilled beyond belief all at the same time...it was that
verymoment that it clicked for me, and I never looked back)...

but the weird thing about that manor Downs Terrapin experience is that itwas SO profound and beautiful, that I've been wary of going back listen to
it again, for fear that it can't possibly live up to that "being there"moment...of course, it can't.

Maybe it's time i did, though. 8-31-85, I think it was.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Nov 16, 2006 10:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

When you say that you are hesitant to go back and listen to that show for fear of tarnishing what is obviously a very special memory, I am in total agreement. With regards to that Richmond show and the Gloria, I had managed to avoid listening to any tapes for the exact same reason; that was until the Dicks Picks came out. I figured this would have to be good, so I listened. I cannot tell you of the profound dissapointment when the Gloria began. I have since blocked that out and regained the original memory that the moment produced, but I should have known better and will remember that in the future: be careful trying to relive those moments that were then so incredibly special, for no recording can ever recreate that feeling.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 16, 2006 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

I'm the exact same way re the Richmond show. But then again, it's hard for a recording to capture the feeling of jumping up and down with 1000s of other heads screaming at the top of our lungs in one huge group release.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Nov 16, 2006 10:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

That is my clearest visual memory of that show: the entire stadium hopping and bopping in perfect unison with the music. Who says white folks aint got rhythm?

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 16, 2006 10:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

Hey, that Warlocks show is nothing to sneeze at...I would think being at that show (I so wish I had been) would equal any majestic moment of any year you could pick.

One of those moments (I imagine) when the Dead would say "Gotcha!" and the surprise mixes with the thrill of realizing you're seeing a major re-break-out of arguably their most iconoclastic (to the core 'heads anyway) song.